When the Lotus S4 was introduced in 1992 it had a rating of 27 mpg, while rocketing to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and achieving a top speed of 165 mph. The Lotus acceleration time was almost a second faster than the 1992 Corvette powered by an LT1 V-8 engine. An exterior and interior facelift was performed and it became the first Esprit model to include power steering as standard. The exterior redesign was done by Julian Thompson; this saw a smaller rear spoiler placed halfway up the rear decklid. Additional changes of notice were to the front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and valence panels.
Powered by a 2.2-liter dual overhead cam, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this Esprit produces an estimated 264 hp at 6,500 rpm. The strong engine meshes nicely with its five-speed manual transmission. The rear spoiler is seamlessly integrated into the styling and a glass roof adds to the aesthetic. The interior features a wraparound driver’s side dash that has full VDO instrumentation and wood-grain details. Standard equipment included power steering, power windows, air conditioning, and an AM/FM radio with a JVC 12-disc CD player as optionally equipped on this car.
This Esprit is one of just 625 S4 models produced between 1992 and 1996. Finished strikingly in Norfolk Yellow with contrasting black leather seats highlighted with yellow piping, it was delivered new to Newport Beach Motors in Newport Beach, California. Incredibly, this Lotus has accumulated less than 1,000 miles on the odometer since new and still has its original window sticker affixed onto its window. Carefully and properly stored all its life, this Esprit S4 is as close to brand new as could be imagined.